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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 497: Steve Talks With Amy Greeman

Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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This week, Steve is sitting down with our treasured education manager Amy Greeman, who has been hard at work on our 2nd annual WEBS Retreat which will be held this September. The retreat has been filled, but we will have plenty of other AMAZING class offerings this fall in knitting, weaving, crocheting, and more. We even plan on having a guest teacher or two – including Vickie Howell, who will be at WEBS in November! As you know, classes fill up super fast, so stay tuned  – sign ups will start on August 21st! Also, don’t forget – the WEBS Rhinebeck Road Trip and the Spinning Summit are coming very soon, and we have limited spots left! Sign up soon!The WEBS summer sale is now in full swing!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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3 Ways to Style: WEBS Learn to Knit Kit

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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One of the best things about being able to knit your own clothes is pairing your handmade items with things you already own!

Here at WEBS, people often tell us that they would love to learn to knit but they don’t live close enough to take a class, or they have a friend who wants to learn, but they don’t know where to start. We can help you with that!

We’ve created a Learn To Knit Kit complete with helpful easy to follow directions and a YouTube playlist so you can see each technique in action. Each kit include everything you’ll need to create your first scarf from start to finish!

When you’ve finished your first knitted garment, you might wonder what you’re going to wear it with? Take a quick look at our Learn to Knit scarf in Lime, made using Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, a super-soft washable merino wool with an irresistible color selection.

For a casual autumn look, try wearing your scarf wrapped twice, with leggings and a flannel shirt! The faux leather jacket and chunky faux suede booties add a slight edge, while the textured scarf in a bright green brings warmth back into the outfit.

One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is folded in half, with the ends pulled through the loop. Pairing your new scarf with a jean jacket and cords makes for an easy to wear outfit for running weekend errands!

Last minute brunch date? Not to worry! Your scarf is the perfect pop of color against a camel-colored coat, printed and cropped navy pants, and finished off with leopard print wedge sandals. Lookin’ cute!

 

Your WEBS Learn to Knit Kit includes:

  •  two balls of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky
  • one pair of size US #10 needles made of smooth and easy-to-use birchwood
  • one handy tapestry needle – you’ll need it to weave in those pesky little ends!
  •  one booklet with easy-to-understand pictorials that detail how to knit your first pattern, as well as four extra stitch patterns for when you’re ready to move on!
  • YouTube videos so you can see each knitting technique in action!
  •  one super cute muslin bag to keep your project contained (first 25 customers only!)

Order our kit today and you’ll know how to knit before summer is over! You’ll want to hurry, though, because those adorable bags are only available with the first 25 kits. And, if green isn’t your thing, and you’re psyched to knit your new scarf in a neutral, we have two more color options available to fit your personal style! To order yours, click here!

We’re here to help you start knitting, but once you start, you won’t be able to stop 🙂

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 496: Kathy Talks With Pam Haschke

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Pam Haschke from  Halos of Hope, an incredible organization that donates chemo hats and accessories to people who are going through chemotherapy treatments. They take donations of knit and crochet hats, and even offer patterns on their website.  Listen to hear more about Pam’s own journey, and to find out how you can help!

Click here for more information about how you can participate in Halos of Hope!

 

The WEBS summer sale is now in full swing!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS will be at Stitches Midwest in Schaumberg, Illinois, next week, August 3rd through 6th! We’ll be at booths 613, 615, 617, 619, 712, 714, 716, and 718 – which sounds like a lot, but don’t worry, they’re all right next to one another. For a full map of the vendor’s floor, a list of classes (which are filling up FAST!) check out their website here!

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 495: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert of Twist Collective

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
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Dear Friends,

We are extremely excited to share some awesome news with you! Twist Collective, a phenomenal online magazine dedicated to supporting independent designers, is now a part of the WEBS family. Launched in August, 2008 by the incredibly talented Kate Gilbert, we are honored that we have the opportunity to work with Kate and together take Twist to an entirely new level. In the upcoming months you will see even more of the great design and editorial content that you expect from Twist. Like Twist, WEBS is dedicated to supporting indie designers and will continue that emphasis. Additionally, we will be adding lots of new features to the Twist site over the coming year. Twist will continue to be led by Kate, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team!


If you’ve never been to twistcollective.com before, head on over and take a look at some of the amazing independent designs from past issues. They are truly inspiring! Kate is already hard at work on the Fall issue which should go live around October 1st.

 

Please join us in welcoming Kate and the Twist Collective community!


Steve and Kathy Elkins
WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and Twist Collective
www.yarn.com
www.twistcollective.com

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 494: Kathy Talks With Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s all about spinning and weaving on Ready, Set, Knit! today!! This week, Kathy is talking with our spinning and weaving manager, Leslie Ann Bestor, all about the New England Weaving and Spinning Seminar, which is happening THIS WEEKEND right here in Northampton! NEWS is taking place at Smith College, right up the road (5 minutes!) from our Northampton, Mass store. NEWS only happens every other year and it’s FREE, so you won’t want to miss this! Kathy and LA are also going to be talking about the Tour de Fleece, which is also going on right now. Join our Ravelry group for a lively discussion about the Tour de Fleece!

 

For more information about the New England Weaver’s Seminar, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Style Guide: 3 Ways To Style the Harkin Pullover

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Do you ever see something that you really want to knit, but aren’t sure how you would fit that style into your current wardrobe?

Me too. All the time.

We all want to get as much use out of our handknits as possible. Making your own clothing is time consuming and can get very expensive.

When I’m looking at a potential new project, I ask myself these four questions:

1. What fiber will I knit this in and realistically wear?

This is really a two-part question. What is the original garment made out of? Was it designed for a cotton and silk blend, so it will have lots of drape and movement? If so, would  I be willing to invest the time and money into that particular yarn or something similar? Will it look as good in a superwash Merino? Will I have to take special care when laundering the garment? If you’re looking to make an aran sweater with a turtleneck, choosing a cotton is probably not the best idea – even if it has the same stitch gauge. The same goes for a summery linen top. The fabric won’t act the same if knit in a bouncy superwash Merino as it would in a linen fiber.

2. What color do I want to knit it in vs. what color will actually work with what I have?

This can be a really tough one, especially if you’re like me, and tend to be interested in knitting only with a few different shades. So, if the sample garment is knit in a bright yellow, can I envision it in a different color? Would the stitch pattern disappear if I used my favorite hue? Would I wear that trendy neon green speckled color next season? How many tops do I have that will go under that sweater and will I have to buy more to coordinate? Sometimes you just can’t tell until you’ve actually knit it. My advice would be to buy a skein of that color and swatch it. Hold it up against your skin in natural and unnatural light. Drape it over clothes you already own. If you can still envision yourself wearing that color, then by all means, use it!

3. I like the shape of this garment – but will I like it on me? 

Another tough question. If you’re petite, maybe you’re not comfortable wearing something long and oversized without  changing the length a bit (or quite a bit). If you’re busty with wide shoulders, you may need to choose a pattern that can accommodate your frame. A taller body may need to edit where the waist shaping is on a sweater as well as the length. The list goes on and on. All of our bodies are sized differently and a lot of patterns are only written for a handful of sizes (although most designers are getting much better about expanding their sizing options). For me, if I have to change more than three things about a pattern to feel comfortable in it, I’m out. Pull out some of your favorites and decide what you think looks best on you, and try choosing a pattern that has similar qualities.

4. How many outfits can I make out of things I already own? Will I have to buy something to go with this?  

If your wardrobe is more jeans-and-a-tee, maybe you won’t get as much wear out of that gorgeous cable-knit skirt as you would a top-down raglan. If you live in Hawaii, you might not have the same need for a closet full of Lopi sweaters as someone in Alaska might.

Ok, so maybe that was more than four questions, but I think you get the gist of it. Of course, we support making what you want, when you want, but we also want you to get as much wear as you can out of your handknits, and to make something you’ll cherish!

Today, we’re taking the Harkin Pullover, by Kirsten Hipsky, knit in Valley Yarns Hatfield, and styling it three different ways. Harkin is an oversized pullover, knit in a lace weight alpaca on size 8 needles. It’s roomy and comes in several sizes. It’s very lightweight, but adds a touch of warmth to almost any outfit, which is perfect for all seasons, and definitely easy to mix and match with what you probably already own!

For our Valley Yarns 2017 catalog, we styled the Harkin Pullover with medium-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a chunky necklace. It’s a simple outfit that definitely has an autumnal feel. Since we’re still a couple of months away from Fall here in the Pioneer Valley, I styled Harkin three ways that could work in the summer, using items pulled from my own wardrobe.

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The first outfit is a summery recreation of the original look. When late summer mornings start to get cool, I often throw a lightweight sweater over a tank. I used medium-wash jeggings with a black cami to pair underneath. Instead of tall boots, I chose these colorful, faux-leather flat sandals that were a steal at Target. To top it off, I grabbed a small cross-body bag.

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For a casual office, the unstructured and oversized Harkin Pullover would look great over the same black camisole, and with a flouncy patterned skirt. Cute, shiny, and comfy, these flat sandals add texture and shine.

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For the final outfit, I wanted to dress Harkin up a bit. I chose an ultra-short, strappy sundress, with chunky wedge platforms. The colors of the floral print compliment the sweater’s deep red color, and because the knitted fabric is sheer, a bit of that print will peek through! It’s the perfect cover-up for a summer date night!

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How do you style your handknits? We want you to show us! Tag us @websyarn on Instagram, or share them in our Ravelry group!

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 493: Kathy Talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 1st, 2017
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Today on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is interviewing Andra Asars, our Berroco representative and longtime friend of WEBS! Kathy and Andra are having a great conversation all about the four new Berroco releases for Fall ’17, Quechua, Bento, Catena, and Millefiori Big. As always, these new yarns come with fantastic pattern support crafted by the Berroco design team. You won’t want to miss this!

 

Check out the pattern collections for these yarns! There are tons of fantastic garments and accessories, with great styling ideas!

Quechua

Bento

Catena

Millefiori Big

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

WEBS will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th (store and shipping), but you can shop online!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 492: Kathy Talks With Tina Whitmore

Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Tina Whitmore, owner of Freia Yarns. Tina started knitting as a child, and has been knitting ever since! She now owns and dyes for Freia Fine Handpaints – and creates the STUNNING hand-pained ombre colorways we all drool after! Listen to learn more about Tina and her company, and what inspired her to start dyeing yarns!

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Don’t forget! This week is the I-91 Shop Hop weekend! Stop by WEBS and grab a free pattern, designed exclusively for Shop Hop by Melissa LaBarre!! Are you going to try and hit all 11 in one day?

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place THIS WEEKEND!!  11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Janice Kang, knitwear designer and longtime friend of WEBS. For our 40th Anniversary, Janice designed the Mixed Tide Shawl, which knits up beautifully in 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace). She entered a version in the California State Fair in 2014, and it placed! Summer is here, and it’s fair season! Janice is an award-winning knitter, so listen to hear more about entering your knitwear in fair exhibits! You won’t want to miss this.

Janice’s award-winning Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern, knit in Valley 2/10 Merino Tencel.

Janice’s Must Have Cardigan, knit in Valley Northampton.

Janice is also a weaver. Her Pseudo Crackle bag in Valley 5/2 Cotton placed 2nd!

Check out Janice’s blog to read more about the California State Fair results here.

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th- NEXT WEEK!!! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 490: Amy and Leslie Ann Talk With Kristin Nicholas

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Today we have our beloved guest hosts, education manager Amy Greeman, and spinning and weaving manager Leslie Ann Bestor in the studio. Amy and Leslie Ann are chatting with Kristin Nicholas, author, farmer, designer, knitter, crocheter, and color expert, who lives right here in Western Massachusetts. This summer and fall, Kristin is hosting three weekends of classes. On July 15th and 16th, Kristin will be having a two-day fabric painting class, where students will learn all about fabric and lampshade painting. On July 29th and 30th, Kristin will be teaching fabric painting, decorative embroidery, and ceramic tile design. Finally, in September, there will be classes on color for knitters, embroidery on knitting, and how to turn your swatches into a cohesive afghan project.

You will not want to miss out!

 

To sign up for the retreats, visit Kristin’s website here.

To learn more about Kristin’s life on Leyden Glen Farm,  click here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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